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CBS All Access Orders 3 New Series, Including Drug Bust-Themed Comedy From Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

CBS All Access announced a trio of pickups on Tuesday, ranging from a murder mystery to a drug bust gone wrong. And, wait, what’s this about “sex magic rituals”?

Here’s a quick rundown of the three new offerings, all of which were announced during the Television Critics Association summer press tour:

* Drama series Strange Angel follows Jack Parsons, a “mysterious and brilliant” man living in 1940s Los Angeles, “who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry, and by night is a performer of sex magic rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.” (Wow, that suddenly took a really dark turn.) Strange Angel is based on British author George Pendle’s 2005 book of the same name.

* CBS All Access’ first original comedy series, No Activity — from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die — focuses on the more “mundane” aspects of a major drug cartel bust. For example, what are the low-level cops “who have spent far too much time in a car together” up to? How do the less in-the-know criminals feel about being kept in the dark? And what of the two Mexican tunnelers “who are in way too small a space considering they’ve only just met”?

* And then there’s mystery/thriller $1, which takes place in a “small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paint a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.” (Figured we’d let that one explain itself.)

Do any of these sound up your alley? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. A.D. says:

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..boring…this is what you want to produce to get people to spend MORE money on this?

  2. John San Miguel says:

    Let me guess, these new shows will have a white male lead.

  3. Trying this again! CBS execs still don’t get that this sudden influx of new asian H5-0 cast members, and recent allusion to the Asian version of Criminal Minds (Season 13, no less), makes it seem more racist, not less! Reason? Treating people as though they’re interchangeable! Those were veteran actors that were let go! The comparison to Grey’s Anatomy? Departures: one actor made homophobic rants about a co-star, a top tier star had more than a professional relationship with a makep person, and one star thought she was bigger than the show. All issues were dealt with, in part, by the show’s producer! Not the same as H5-0! And, such a lucrative package that it still put the departing stars in under 10%-15% of the top tier stars’ salaries? More like they were “lowballed” during the initial contract negotiations!

  4. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Nope. Wouldn’t watch any of these even if I didn’t have to pay extra for them.
    I ain’t paying extra for Star Trek: Discovery, I sure as hell ain’t paying extra for these.

  5. MLD says:

    I have less than any interest in the rip-off that is CBS Access. The only CBS show I watch is Madam Secretary. I would watch The Good Fight and the Star Trek show were they on CBS for free but to pay a monthly fee for 10 episodes each of two shows? These new ones that are meant to build up their scale are completely uninteresting.

  6. No no no says:

    No Activity is not an original series. It’s a remake of an Australian series of the same name that was made for a streaming service called Stan.